Contact Us |  

Search form


What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid Disbursement Dates - Spring 2020

Spring financial aid disbursements will begin on Monday, January 13th for eligible students. Direct Deposit/EFT and refund checks will be available after the 15th. We encourage you to complete all of your tasks in CalCentral as soon as possible, resolve any holds and enroll in a minimum of 6 units to ensure an on-time disbursement.  

Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Emergency Loan application for Spring 2020 will open on Tuesday, January 15th. Visit the Short Term Emergency Loan website for more information about Emergency Loans.

What's the Fastest Way to Receive Your Financial Aid Refund?

If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit (a.k.a. Electronic Funds Transfer [EFT]) to receive your refunds directly to your bank account, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until Direct Deposit/EFT is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this semester!

Please visit Cal Student Central in 120 Sproul Hall for assistance. 

Cost of Attendance Adjustment Requests

The Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request is now available! If you’re not already signed up, check out the new easy, mobile, and personalized process that will make navigating financial aid easier. You will be able to:

  • Complete the request using your phone, tablet, or computer

  • Upload documents from any device

  • E-Sign documents

  • Submit everything online

Visit Berkeley Financial Aid Forms Website. Simply log in using your CalNet ID, click on the request button, choose the Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request Form, and start completing the form. More detailed instructions can be found through our website.

2020-21 Financial Aid Applications Available

Each October the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act Application become available for the next academic year. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to meet all financial aid deadlines. The application priority deadline is March 2. If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited. For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.

Our staff is here to guide you and your family through the financial aid process from start to finish. Please complete your aid application and allow the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional support that can support you in achieving your educational goals.

Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for FAFSA filers for the 2020-21 application cycle per the Department of Education. To ensure the accuracy of your FAFSA information, we strongly encourage students and families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the 2020-21 FAFSA application.

Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQS

All students are required to have insurance at UC Berkeley. Not all students or families understand how enrolling in SHIP may impact their financial aid. Review our Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQs page for more information on how enrolling and/or waiving out of SHIP may impact your awards.

For 2019-20, SHIP has been added to students' budgets and additional aid has been awarded for those students who have not waived out. Please check your awards in CalCentral for any updates to your awards.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluation for those who were on an approved academic plan in fall is currently taking place. If you are not meeting the conditions outlined in your approved appeal, you will be notified via email and a task in CalCentral. Visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress website to find out more about how progress is monitored for students on an approved appeal. 

Money Management Resources Available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer educator or check out our website for more information.